Honour for Shopmobility volunteer

March 29 2018

A VOLUNTEER with the Yate-based Shopmobility scheme was among nearly 30 unsung heroes recognised for their contribution to South Gloucestershire’s communities.

The community awards are presented each year by South Gloucestershire Council’s chairman or woman at a ceremony attended by the winners and their families.

Ann Aplin, of Iron Acton, was recognised for her extensive local volunteering, having been nominated by those at Shopmobility - a service that allows people with mobility problems to maintain their independence by hiring mobility scooters and wheelchairs so they can use town services and the shopping centre facilities.

Ann said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering for a charity that helps people to be included in such everyday activities as shopping, visiting banks, hairdressers, dentists and  meeting up with friends at cafes, which so many of us take for granted."

Shopmobility South Gloucestershire vice-chairman, David Bell, said: "We are delighted that Ann has won this award - she thoroughly deserves it.

“She volunteered as a trustee for many years and volunteered in the office dealing with clients and hiring out our scooters and wheelchairs."

The service is based in Yate Library, and attracts users from all over South Gloucestershire, and beyond.

The awards were presented to recipients at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE Campus by the council’s current chairman, Ian Blair.

Also present were the lord lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, and vice-lord lieutenant, Robert Bernays.

Councillor Blair said: “These awards are a great way to say thank you to some of the many volunteers who make South Gloucestershire such a great place to live and work.

“While reading through and shortlisting the nominations, it was obvious that those put forward for an award are held in high esteem in their local communities.

“The positive impact which their commitment and hard work has on others is extremely uplifting and encouraging.”